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An electric and natural gas utility based in Minneapolis.
March 19, 2016
Xcel faces a big investment to keep its nuclear units going
The high cost of upgrading 40-year-old nuclear reactors is confronting the utility again, with $487 million in needed upgrades at its Prairie Island facility by 2020.
March 3, 2016
Five energy firms score contracts for Twin Cities government solar garden projects
Public agencies in Minnesota joined to seek out competitive project bids.
January 30, 2016
Xcel 'nearly certain' it can comply with federal Clean Power Plan in Minn.
Other utilities aren't as hopeful, ask U.S. Supreme Court to intercede
January 28, 2016
Xcel Energy reports increase in fourth-quarter and annual profits
The Minneapolis-based utility said it met or beat its annual earnings guidance for the 11th straight year.
January 28, 2016
Wind power industry surges, and expects steady growth
2015 was the third-biggest year for expansion in the United States
January 21, 2016
Largest Minnesota solar array wins approval from utility regulators
The $180 million power project is planned for leased farmland in Chisago County.
January 11, 2016
Largest coal supplier to Minnesota electric utilities files for bankruptcy protection
Arch says it will keep shipping; Minnesota utilities don't foresee problems
January 9, 2016
Connexus Energy sells out its first, and Minn.'s largest, community solar garden
After slow start, Connexus offered monthly payment option and business jumped
November 16, 2015
Solar garden options rolling out for Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota
For most consumers, shared solar is new territory, with its own rewards and risks.
November 14, 2015
Solar gardens: What you need to know
Who’s offering community solar to Xcel Energy residential customers in Minnesota? Able Energy Co. Cooperative Energy Futures Innovative Power Systems MN…
November 2, 2015
Xcel requests rate hike; bills would go up for customers
By 2018, a typical electric customer's annual electric charges would be $132 higher if state regulators approve the 9.8 percent increase sought by the company.
October 29, 2015
Xcel Energy earnings up for the third quarter
Recent rate hikes in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota are contributing to the utility's bottom line.
October 27, 2015
State is set to make a big leap into solar
The state Department of Administration is seeking bids for power from shared solar projects planned in Xcel Energy's Minnesota region.
October 19, 2015
Xcel launches $68M upgrade at Prairie Island nuclear plant
The upgrades aim to extend the life of the 1970s-era power plant.
September 6, 2015
Big power users face smaller harvest from solar gardens
State regulators' recent decision to limit the number of solar gardens per site — a change sought by Xcel and supported by some solar developers — has clouded the prospects for corporate and institutional deals.
State + Local
August 3, 2015
EPA rule on coal power plants is push toward clean energy and efficiency
New EPA rules dictate less coal burning and more clean energy, efficiency
July 30, 2015
CEO of Xcel Energy says the utility supports large-scale solar projects
CEO Fowke said it's more cost-effective than smaller projects.
July 25, 2015
Electric vehicles for power companies
The Zeus truck now exists in a set of plans. The goal is to build a prototype and sell to utilities.
July 20, 2015
Giant Paynesville, Minn., solar project stuck at starting gate
While it waits for Xcel Energy to complete a review, the state's sixth-largest solar project isn't generating a single watt of solar energy.
July 20, 2015
Xcel Energy's large coal-fired generators at Becker face pressure for retirement
Clean-energy advocates oppose the coal-burning units in Becker.
July 16, 2015
Monticello nuclear power plant begins sustained operation at higher power level
The long rampup after a major upgrade is done and the Monticello nuclear plant is running full.
July 10, 2015
Minnesota Xcel Energy customers will see bump in electric bills by Nov.
Bills for residential customers will go up a little more than 1 percent by November.
June 25, 2015
Minnesota utility regulators put limits on solar gardens
The PUC ruling will stifle some firms' plans for bigger projects.
June 24, 2015
Utility regulators set to decide scope of Minnesota community solar garden program
Xcel Energy has objected to solar energy companies' plans for multiple side-by-side projects.
June 11, 2015
Cologne, Minn., signs deal to go all-solar for its municipal electricity
Other cities are looking at cost-saving deals with solar developers to offset electricity for government buildings and operations.
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